ROYER WINS IT FOR CAL POLY (video)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior guard Dylan Royer nailed a game-winning three-pointer with 0.7 seconds remaining to help lift the Cal Poly men's basketball program to a 63-60 victory against Loyola Marymount in a Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster matchup inside the Mott Athletics Center on Saturday evening.
With 2.7 seconds on the clock, Royer – who finished with 12 points – accepted an inbounds pass from junior guard Jamal Johnson and maneuvered to his left before draining the game-winning shot.
Following a timeout, Loyola Marymount guard Anthony Ireland's potential game-tying three-point attempt from beyond midcourt fell short as time expired.
Loyola Marymount (8-20) led 39-32 at halftime and went up 43-36 before a pair of free throws by freshman guard Reese Morgan capped a 10-2 Mustang run during a six-minute span that provided Cal Poly a 46-45 lead.
With its 10th successive home victory, Cal Poly (13-12) improved to 11-1 in the Mott Athletics Center this season. In his 50th home game since arriving at Cal Poly, head coach Joe Callero improved to 34-16 within the Mott Athletics Center.
Freshman forward Brian Bennett finished with a career-high 23 points for the Mustangs after shooting 9-for-11 from the floor. Bennett, who came into the game ranked 47th nationally in field goal percentage (now at 54.5 percent), was 5-for-5 from the floor in the first half, setting the tone for a 26-12 Cal Poly advantage in the paint. Bennett also finished the night 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Johnson, who entered the game ranked 20th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (currently 2.86-to-1), tied a career high with eight assists against zero turnovers.
Making his return from a two-game absence because of an injury, junior forward Chris Eversley added 13 points.
The win was Cal Poly's first in the BracketBuster series since producing a 102-89 triumph at Hawai'i on Feb. 20, 2010. Saturday's game also marked Cal Poly's first home win in a BracketBuster contest since a 66-62 win against South Dakota State on Feb. 21, 2009.
Cal Poly (13-12) returns to Big West Conference action when visiting Cal State Northridge (Thursday, Feb. 28) and Hawai'i (Saturday, March 1).
Royer’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer Delivers Cal Poly 63-60 Triumph
|Loyola Marymount (8-20)||39||21||60|
|Cal Poly (13-12)||32||31||63|